Weekly Newsletter: 23rd February 2019


Dear Member,


Hope you’ve had a great week. Here’s all the latest news from Rackets Academy. Find out who our Players of the Week are and how our ladies got on in week 5 of the league!  We have results from the Orange Ball Tournament that took place last weekend and a Tip of the Week & Rule of the Week from Coach Innocent. Read on!


Players of the week

Congratulations to our Players of the Week Sylvie Malek and Vladislav Lyzhnikov. Sylvie receives this award for her amazing performance in her doubles match for the ladies league last week which she won. Vladislav receives this award for his fantastic performance in the Orange Ball Tournament last weekend in which he reached the finals. Well done Sylvie and Vladislav!


Ladies League results

Well done to all our ladies who played in Week 5 of the Rackets Academy doubles league. Congratulations to Rackettes and L&W for winning their matches.


Rackettes vs Full Metal Rackets

Line 1: 6-3 6-2 (winner: Rackettes)

Line 2: 6-2 6-0 (winner: Rackettes)

Overall Winner: Rackettes


Baseliners vs Slice Girls

Line 1: 2-6 1-6 (winner: Slice Girls)

Line 2: 6-2 6-1 (winner: Baseliners)

Overall Winner: Draw

L&W vs Bull Dogs

Line 1: 6-3 6-4 (winner: L&W)

Line 2: 6-3 6-0 (winner: L&W)

Overall Winner: L&W


Results from Orange Ball Tournament

Well done to all the kids who took part in the Orange Ball Tournament last weekend. Congratulations to our champion Ashrith who beat Vladislav 10-5 in the final.  Well done boys on a great match!


Upcoming Tournaments

Check out our tournaments that are taking place over the next few weeks. To sign up, call 052 992 8595 TODAY or email register@racketsacademy.ae:

Friday 1st March, 4pm – Green Ball Tournament – Rackets Academy, Motor City


Rule of the Week: Foot Fault

Watch your foot when serving.. a foot fault can cause you to lose the match if this happens a lot during the game. Whilst serving, ensure you don’t step on the line before making contact with the ball. Stepping on the line before having contact with the ball is known as a fault; repeating the fault is called a ‘double fault’ and the point will be awarded to your opponent. Regular foot faults will make it very difficult to win the match.


Coach Innocent’s Tip of the Week: Power Serve

“If you’re looking to add power to your serve with less effort, then this serving tip is for you. The secret to a powerful serve lies mostly in the transition from the back swing into the forward swing. If this transition doesn’t increase the speed of the racket face and it doesn’t feel effortless, you’re doing something wrong.

How to Practice The Serve:

  1. Position yourself in your normal serving stance and place your racket behind you in a horizontal position. Then simply allow your racket to drop.
  1. After a few repetitions where you feel that you can really allow the racket to drop, turn your shoulders as you’re starting to drop the racket. DO NOT accelerate the racket with your arm! Your arm is still loose and it acts now as a whip. Your focus is only on the shoulder turn– and you’ll see that the racket flies out by itself from behind your back.
  1. If you’re really loose and do it well, the racket will want to come out to the side with the backside pointing forward. In the third step, you don’t really allow that to happen, but you lead upwards with the edge.
  1. In the last step, you complete the follow-through, leading with the opposite edge.

Repeat this sequence of movements for a few tennis sessions, and you’ll find the secret to good acceleration when serving. Good luck!”


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Have a great week!

Rackets Academy

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